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July 31, 2014 | NPR · This month, we’re rounding up five fabulous reissues from Spain, Cambodia, Nigeria, Greece and Algeria, made between the 1920s and ’70s. They still sound fresh and innovative.

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July 29, 2014 | NPR · The roots reggae singer has played to thousands and appeared on Jimmy Fallon, but he says he is only willing to go a certain distance to please the mainstream.

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July 24, 2014 | WXPN · Accomplished musician, producer and Latin music expert Rachel Faro joins us as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Fania Records.

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July 2, 2014 | NPR · And then perform a world premiere within just a few minutes? Watch the bliss-inducing results of this commission by NPR Music.

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June 26, 2014 | WXPN · Billboard‘s Judy Cantor-Navas joins World Cafe to discuss how the end of a cultural embargo has made music better in Cuba and beyond.

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June 26, 2014 | NPR · From unlikely marriages (J-pop and metal? K-pop and hip-hop?) to a case of intoxicated ecstasy, five songs you can’t miss hearing.

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June 22, 2014 | NPR · What do you get when hundreds of musicians gather in Brooklyn to perform a joyful new song? Bliss. See photos from the event and watch a sneak peek of our Field Recording video.

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June 19, 2014 | NPR · The Belgian pop artist took Europe by storm in 2009 with the song “Alors On Danse.” Five years later, he hopes to ride a wave of new hits across the Atlantic.
June 12, 2014 | WXPN · Hear Judy Cantor-Navas explain why the World Cup’s official music has been a source of controversy.

June 11, 2014 | NPR · When some urban explorers invited the musical adventurers of a Moroccan-inspired band along on a mysterious road trip, we just had to come along. We wound up at an abandoned mine in upstate New York.


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July 31, 2014 | NPR · Nearly a month into the war in Gaza, pollsters have been taking a look at how attitudes in the region have changed among Israelis and Palestinians.

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · Analysts say the merger of Reynolds American and Lorillard is driven by the changing demographics of smoking. But the lower smoking rate masks a more complex and varied pattern of cigarette usage.

July 31, 2014 | NPR · New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing reports that his administration interfered with the work of an anti-corruption commission that he created — and then abruptly disbanded.

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · The very prolific James Franco directs a Cormac McCarthy adaptation that struggles to overcome a repulsive main character with whom it’s almost impossible to empathize.

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · The drama War Story is trying to wrap itself around both a personal story of a traumatized journalist and some larger social issues. Despite a strong central performance, it succeeds only partially.

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · The eight-part drama that begins Thursday stars Maggie Gyllenhaal as a British baroness with an Israeli passport. She’s a fearless actor in a show full of kidnappings, seductions and betrayals.


July 31, 2014 | NPR · Harvest Records used to be known for having a strong link to the progressive rock sound of 1970s London. After laying dormant for years, the label is back, and looking for a new identity.

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · The New York rapper on the music industry — from sitting on the shelf, to refusing deals, posthumous releases to sales expectations — music journalism and taking risks, personal and professional.

July 31, 2014 | WPLN · Sometimes the kids you hear on records for kids aren’t really kids. In fact, there’s a crew of adult singers in Nashville that specializes in sounding young — very young.

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